About This Site

RESUSCITATION PLUS (Premium LiteratUre Service) is sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA) on behalf of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR), and powered by the Health Information Research Unit, McMaster University, building on the McMaster Premium Literature Service, McMasterPLUSTM

RESUSCITATION+ is a continuously updated repository of current best evidence from research to support evidence-based clinical decisions. RESUSCITATION+ does not cover basic science.

Our goal is to identify and disseminate studies that are worthy of clinical attention by virtue of their scientific merit and clinical relevance. To do this, we screen and review all articles from over 120 premier clinical journals, including Academic Emergency Medicine, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Prehospital Emergency Care, and Resuscitation. Our research staff and clinical editors assess articles for their methodologic quality, index qualified articles to content related to resuscitation, and then at least 3 practitioners from each pertinent clinical discipline assess the qualifying articles for clinical relevance and newsworthiness. Only the strongest studies and systematic reviews are selected for RESUSCITATION+; less than 1 in 10 articles published in the field of resuscitation medicine makes the grade.

What are the features of RESUSCITATION+?

The current features of RESUSCITATION+ include:

  • selection of articles by expert research staff and front-line clinicians concerning the cause, course, diagnosis, prediction, prevention, treatment, quality improvement and health economics of managing resuscitation problems
  • e-mail alerts about newly published evidence. Each alert includes McMaster Online Rating of Evidence (MORETM) clinical ratings and comments, and electronic links to the article's abstract via PubMed and fulltext article via PubMed or the publisher's site (if available for free; otherwise access is provided to the publisher's website)
  • a cumulative searchable database of articles that is continuously updated (from mid-2003 forward)
  • evidence-based search strategies for MEDLINE (Clinical Queries) to supplement searches in the cumulated PLUS database when needed
  • download options for citation management
  • links to evidence-based resources

What do the clinical ratings in RESUSCITATION+ mean?

The current features of PLUS include: